Amir Khan is one of the favorite faces in the British boxing industry as a result of his achievements alongside his undisputed love for charity. Khan gained widespread and sustainable media attention in 2004 after he emerged Britain’s youngest Olympic medalist in boxing at age 17. The talented boxer is popular for using very fast combinations and accurate punching to nip in and out as one of his tricks in defeating his opponents. One of his prominent beginner battles was against Victor Ortiz whom he vanquished in a second-round stoppage.
Who Is Amir Khan and How Old Is He?
He was born as Amir Iqbal Khan on the 8th of December 1986. Khan was born into a Punjabi Rajput family in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. He grew up in the city of his birth alongside his two sisters and one brother, Haroon Khan who is also a professional boxer. Khan attended Smith Hills School, and Bolton College, both in Greater Manchester, England. Growing up, Amir drew inspiration from his favorite boxer, Muhammad Ali.
Amir Khan is a high profiled British professional boxer. He is a former unified light-welterweight world champion, by reason of holding the WBA title from 2009 to 2012, and the IBF title in 2011. Khan is also a boxing promoter and committed philanthropist. He owns his own charity foundation named Amir Khan Foundation. He is a Muslim and comes from the Naqshbandi Sufi Order. In addition to English, he speaks the Urdu and Punjabi dialects.
Amir Khan began his boxing career at the tender age of 11. He soon grabbed honors in his early career years including three English school titles, three junior ABA titles and a gold at the 2003 Junior Olympics. In all, Khan accumulated a total beginner record of 101–9. At 17, Khan became the youngest British Olympic medalist in boxing. That was in 2004 when he won a silver medal in the lightweight division.
Khan subsequently had his first professional fight in 2005. He has so far experienced rapid growth in the industry, winning several medals through the years. Khan has a record of nearly 8 million viewers on BBC in his Olympic fights. he has, therefore, garnered considerable wealth through his career, coming up with the Super Boxing League in 2017. Khan as well works with and shares TV rights with the renowned televising body, Home Box Office. In 2018, Amir Khan signed a three-fight deal with promoter Eddie Hearn’s Mat Choom Sport, which implies that he will fight exclusively on Sky Sports.
Amir Khan’s Personal Life and Other Ventures
In addition to his professional life, Amir Khan is a husband and a father. He married his beloved wife Faryal Makhdoom, a Pakistani-American student in 2013. With Faryal, Amir has two daughters named Lamaisah Khan and Alayna Khan. They announced that they were expecting a third child in 2019.
Apart from boxing, Khan appreciates cricket, basketball, and football where he supports his nearby Bolton Wanderers group. He has also participated in several game shows, including I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. He contested on the 17th season of the show in November 2017 and was on record as the highest-paid celebrity contestant in the history of the show.
As part of his humanitarian activities, Khan invested 5 million euros into an event center in his hometown of Bolton; a venture which created jobs for about 125 people. Amir has also donated to several charities including The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and National Literacy Trust and Great Ormond Street Hospital. He was also involved in raising money for the Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2013, he hosted a fundraising dinner to support Islamic Reliefs Philippine’s Appeal after Typhoon Haiyan.
How Tall Is He?
Amir Khan stands at a little-above-average height of 5 feet 8½ inches (1.74 meters). The young successful boxer is proud of his height as he feels it’s one of his outstanding features.
Is Amir Khan Retiring Soon?
After winning his first regional title in 2007, Khan had told BBC sport that he has achieved what he wanted in the sport and is only enjoying himself thenceforth. Khan had defeated Willie Limond to become commonwealth lightweight champion. In an interview with Telegraph Sport in 2019, the decorated British boxer admitted that he is close to the end of his career, but pointed out that he is still holding on because of his two daughters.
Meanwhile, expectation was high that Khan will retire if he does not perform in his face-off with Neeraj Goyat on 12 July 2019. The fight’s finish eventually turned out controversial. Khan’s corner had stopped the fight, despite having five minutes to recover from a hard blow from Goyat. Khan consequently stated that despite the loss, he would not allow his career to end on such note. Thus, Khan is still very much around but with every passing day, his retirement no doubt draws near.